By Karen Savage
Chevron, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips have asked the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision to keep lawsuits in state court that have been filed against them by several Louisiana parishes.
In petitions filed Tuesday, the companies contend a three-judge panel of the appellate court erred when it ruled that the companies waited too long before moving the cases to federal court.
The suits were filed by Plaquemines and Cameron Parishes and are among more than 40 that have been brought by Louisiana parishes against oil and gas companies since 2013. The parishes allege the companies’ drilling, dredging and waste disposal operations have severely damaged the state’s wetlands.
The fossil fuel companies have tried repeatedly to have the cases heard in federal court.[Read more…]